The great film director, writer, creator of the Pink Panther and husband of Julie Andrews died with his wife and children at his side.
Edwards, 88, died from complications of pneumonia Wednesday evening at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after being hospitalized for about two weeks. He had knee problems, had undergone unsuccessful procedures and was “pretty much confined to a wheelchair for the last year-and-a-half or two,” said publicist Gene Schwam, who knew him for 40 years.
At the time of his death, Edwards was working on two Broadway musicals, one based on the “Pink Panther” movies. The other, “Big Rosemary,” was to be an original comedy set during Prohibition, Schwam said.
The list of films he created, wrote and/or directed was an amazing collection of contemporary classics, including:
* My Sister Eileen (1955)
* Operation Petticoat (1959)
* Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
* Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
* The Pink Panther (1963)
* A Shot in the Dark (1964)
* The Great Race (1965)
* Darling Lili (1969)
* The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
* The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
* Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
* 10 (1979)
* S.O.B. (1981)
* Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
* Victor Victoria (1982)
* Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
* A Fine Mess (1986)
* Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
… and many, many more.
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